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Windsor Castle is a famous castle in London, England. It covers 13 acres (53,000 sq m). And it has approximately 1,000 rooms. Kings and queens have lived in Windsor Castle for nearly 1,000 years. In 1070, William the Conqueror had workers begin building the castle. Workers built it on top of a cliff. They made it out of wood. It took them 16 years to finish building. It was later rebuilt in stone.

Neuschwanstein Castle is in Bavaria, Germany. Its name means “New Swan Castle.” The castle overlooks mountains in the Bavarian Alps. King Ludwig II had the castle built in the late 1800s. By this time, castles no longer needed to offer as much protection. So, builders focused on making the castle beautiful. The Disney castle is based on Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Making Connections


Would you want to live in a castle? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about using recycled materials to make something new? Which things would you like trying to make?


The Cardboard Challenge is a way to create something new using recycled materials. How does your community recycle? How does recycling benefit your community?

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